What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
This grant is an amount of money allocated to schools based on the number of the 'most disadvantaged' children a school has.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they feel is appropriate. Schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.
Funding for 2023-24 is £1455 per ‘disadvantaged children’ and £2530 per child who is looked after or adopted from care.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Pupils for who schools must spend the grant on are the 'most disadvantaged'. This is a government definition; it includes children who have may have been disadvantaged at any point in their life and includes children who:
have had free school meals, due to low income at any point in the school life
are 'looked after' by the local authority
adopted from care
are children of Service families
Although not included in the calculation of funds (and therefore do not qualify for our personalised budget) this also includes pupils who:
have ever had a social worker
have special educational needs and /or disabilities
Suggestions for how the grant is used:
Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:
school breakfast clubs
music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
help with the cost of educational trips or visits
speech and language therapy
Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:
increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
encourage pupils to be more aspirational
benefit non-eligible pupils
Schools must be transparent about how they spend your pupil premium so:
parents, guardians can understand the pupil premium strategy, this is done through the annual strategy document and 'impact statement'
governing bodies can see evidence-based practice so they can consider the rationale behind all pupil premium-related decisions
Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium Passports
Each child for who the the pupil premium funding is based on has access to a range of opportunities in school to support both academic and social development. Please see below for more information.
Pupil Premium Passport Book Swap Library
We all know how important reading is for every child. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with the amount of books children like to read, or to provide books at home for those children who are reluctant readers.
I have set up a mini library of books for children who have a pupil premium passport. These books can be read in school with their mentor or taken to read at home with you or another family member.
You can bring the books back to school and swap as many times as you like, or if your child really likes a book, he/she can even keep it, no need to return it to school.
If you would like to choose a book with your child, the mini book swap-library will be open before school on a Tuesday and Thursday, 8.40-8.55am and after school on a Wednesday 3.30-3.50pm. All you need to do is come to the school office and let the team at the front desk know that you and your child have come to select some books.
Look forward to seeing you there!